Conferences

The Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada periodically holds conferences bringing together Canadian and international experts and practitioners for discussion and debate.

The Institute has also held several other events, listed below.

Conferences

June 2019: The Crown in a Time of Transition

Massey College, University of Toronto

During the Institute’s fourth Conference on the Crown, speakers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom presented papers on a wide range of topics from succession to the Throne to the evolution of the Vice-Regal Offices, the future of the monarchy in Canada, and the reserve powers of the Crown.

Essays based on the conference presentations have been published in Royal Progress: Canada’s Monarchy in the Age of Disruption (Dundurn Press, 2020) and in Issue XIV.1 of the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law (June 2020).

January 2016: The Crown in the 21st Century: Deference or Drift?

Government House, Victoria

Supported by the Government House Foundation of British Columbia, this conference extended its scope to include speakers and delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

October 2012: The Crown in Canada: A Diamond Jubilee Assessment

Government House, Regina

Supported by the Government of Saskatchewan and the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in the University of Regina.  

June 2010: The Crown in Canada: Present Realities and Future Options

The Senate, Ottawa

Supported by the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University.

Other events

  • The Institute has held book launches for its publications:  The Canadian Kingdom (Regina and Toronto, 2018), Canada and the Crown (Victoria, Toronto, Regina, and Ottawa; 2014), and The Evolving Canadian Crown (Ottawa and Toronto, 2012).
  • In September 2014 in Charlottetown, the Institute made a presentation to the annual Conference of the Governor General, Lieutenant Governors, and Territorial Commissioners.
  • In June 2014 in Toronto, the Institute held a seminar for media to discuss the constitutional role of the Crown in the Ontario election.